Remembering Michael 5 Years Later

25 Jun

Michael Jackson - Off The Wall Album Cover

Michael Jackson – Off The Wall Album Cover

Today marks the five-year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s passing, and I’m not sure what I want to say about that.

That I still miss him?  That my little bits of MJ memorabilia–the Michael light switch cover my sister-in-law Paula gifted me, the Best Of Michael Jackson 8-track cassette turned key holder hanging in my kitchen that I bought myself, the MJ in Billie Jean regalia hologram poster my sister Sarah gave me on a recent birthday–are teetering into fanatic fan territory?  That I’m grateful that so many of my friends tag me on photos and highly creative videos involving all things Michael on Facebook?  But, that I sometimes tire of having to defend Michael’s standing as one of the most talented entertainers of this century because a mostly younger generation only remembers the post-way too much plastic surgery Michael, or the pedophile rumors?

As for the last question, I know the Michael that even I long for most, is the Michael from the Jackson 5, all the way through his peak in the 1980’s.  I remember hanging his Off The Wall album cover–my favorite–on my college dorm wall, and dressing in a vintage tuxedo jacket with the sleeves rolled up when I went out dancing.  I can freeze Michael there, and not have to worry about the sadness that creeped into his life, the price of fame, the emotional and physical pain that he sought to escape, and fix by remaking his identity over and over again, until there was barely anything recognizable left of him.

Except his talent, and his passion, and his mastery of his art.  That never waned. His music, and the small tokens around my home remind me of his greatness. Today I wear my MJ earrings.  Proudly.

Here is a link to a wonderful piece that Rolling Stone Magazine put out this week in honor of Michael:  50 Best Michael Jackson Songs.

What do you want to remember about Michael?  Share your comments here.



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5 Responses to “Remembering Michael 5 Years Later”

  1. Sherry Gordon June 25, 2014 at 10:35 am #

    Dear Wendy Jane,
    Hi, there, Wendy Jane! I love so and I thank-you so, so a whole bunch for this fabulous blog post article as you so lovingly with tender care and sensitivity remember our dear Michael and that he so sadly passed away five years ago today! What a spectacular and superbly super tribute which you have so brilliantly composed and given to our Michael Jackson! I love this so thoroughly and I cherish your great and kind tribute to him so, so very much my sister and friend, Wendy Jane! I am, like you, too, so sad! I still cannot completely wrap around my head that he has passed away! It is so hard to fathom that our Michael is dead-yet I know for sure that he has finally found Peace and that he is in Eternal Peace and Comfort in our Heaven which awaits us.

    I love how you have so much fabulous and fantastic memorabilia of our Michael Jackson and those cool earrings! I like you hold him in my heart! I cannot seem to pin down one favorite memory of him since I have so, so many of them! Also, I cannot seem to ever determine which of his songs is my favorite because they are so numerous! I feel heartbroken over how our Michael died and all of those painful circumstances, but I am also so sad that he expressed in his life that he had so many losses as a child and that he had an unhappy childhood! My precious white sister and friend, Wendy Jane, our hearts just break for him! He is so happy now I know and at Perfect Bliss and Peace-it will help me to keep that in mind!

    What a unrivaled talent and musical, singing, and dancing genius our great late Michael Jackson was in his earthly life! We know for sure that he will always be remembered for the magnificent and unparalleled talent which he was for sure! We as humankind are so blessed to have been graced with his mighty presence, and we will remember him for always!

    I love your writings in your superbly super blog post articles and other writings so, so very much, Wendy Jane! They are so heartfelt, strong, sensitive, and you are a gifted and a natural wordsmith with a keen sense of how to craft and compose the written words with such talent, beauty, sharpness, style, and grace! I am going to also read through more of your great and marvelous archives! You are such a gift and a blessing, my white friend and sister, Wendy Jane! Please have a very nice, special, and a blessed Wednesday, my sisterfriend Michael Jackson true blue fan who you are as well, Wendy Jane!

    Very Warmly and Sincerely Always,
    Your black friend and sister Sherry Gordon

    • Wendy Jane June 26, 2014 at 6:43 pm #

      Hi Sherry,

      Thanks for sharing about your feelings and memories about Michael. I know what you mean when you say it is hard to pick a favorite song because there are so many. A friend of mine asked me a few weeks ago what my favorite MJ song was, and it really made me stop for a moment–like you, I couldn’t think of just one–I remember I told him I really liked Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough for a dance song, but I also like a lot of the Jackson 5 songs, especially I’ll Be There and Never Can Say Good-bye–but, yes there are so many. My friend’s favorites were Billie Jean and Gotta Be Startin’ Something.

      Thanks again for your ever present support, Sherry!

      Wendy Jane

  2. karen kidd June 25, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

    I remember him most from his Thriller Days. The days of Glory when he was ALL THAT and a Bag of Moon Walking Chips.

    • Wendy Jane June 25, 2014 at 10:56 pm #

      I love it, Karen–a moonwalking bag of chips:) those were the days, weren’t they?

      Thanks for sharing!

  3. Sherry Gordon June 26, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    Dear Wendy Jane and Karen,
    Hi, there, Wendy Jane and Karen! You both are so right in your assessment of our dear Michael Jackson! Karen, I love how you said “The days of Glory when he was ALL THAT and a Bag of Moon Walking Chips.” Karen, you are so right about him in your great opinion! What a wonderful way of describing our Michael, Karen! Your wording is so cool! Wendy Jane you are so right when you very wisely said, “those were the days, weren’t they?” Wendy Jane, you are so full of wisdom and brilliant words in your great opinion of our dear Michael! Those were indeed the days of wonderful amazement with our dear Michael! Wow, what a great and amazing talent which he was for all of us! What a blessing he was!

    Wendy Jane and Karen, you both please have a very nice, special, and a very blessed Thursday!

    very Warmly and Sincerely Always,
    Sherry Gordon

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